Thursday, June 14, 2012

Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion and our 101 Days of Summer Play Party {Review & Giveaway}

There's no doubt about it, it's summer. School is out, the weather varies between hot and scorching, and the sun's rays shine brightly from early in the morning until late in the evening.

When I think back to what summer meant to me when I was young, it was all about playing with friends, swimming or splashing in the water to stay cool, and perfecting the art of the I'm borrrrrrrred to make sure that my mom knew that I meant it.

But summer also meant sunburns. The combination of my fair skin and my Eh, I don't need it or Nah, it's not cool thoughts about sunscreen resulted in more than a handful of red, unhappy skin at the end of the day. Considering what I know now about the not-so-great choices that I made a child, I not only take much better care of myself, but I'm also very diligent about protecting my girls from the sun.

It is also why I'm happy to share my meticulous devotion to sun protection and was more than ready to do so with friends recently thanks to Banana Boat.

Banana Boat logo

To kick off the season of outdoor fun and play, Banana Boat sun care has created the 101 Days of Summer Play activity guide, which offers fun ideas for families on how to enjoy the outdoors this summer. The brand is also challenging families across the U.S. to take the 101 Days of Summer Play pledge. This pledge encourages parents to make the commitment to encourage their children to play outside in the sun every day, all season long.

Parents simply take the pledge by heading to the Banana Boat brand Facebook page, which also features fun giveaways and additional information. For each pledge taken, a donation of one bottle of new Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion, up to 10,000 bottles, will go to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nonprofit, residential summer camp and year-round center serving children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

camp for kids with cancer

As well as loving that Banana Boat is supporting such a wonderful cause, we are also already big fans of the new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Lotion in all three of its varieties: Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, Banana Boat Kids Natural Reflect Tear-Free Sting-Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, and Banana Boat Baby Natural Reflect Tear-Free Sting-Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+.

Banana Boat Sunscreen Natural Reflect

The new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion offers sun protection using naturally sourced sunscreen actives (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) that reflect UVA and UVB rays. It is free of Oxybenzone and Paraben, is gentle on sensitive and delicate skin, and is proven effective against sunburn and to help prevent long term skin damage.

On top of all of that, this sunscreen is water resistant (up to 80 minutes) and is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation. All in all, it is the perfect reason to hold a Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion 101 Days of Summer Play party!


In preparation for our party, we started by planning our food, drinks and games, followed by looking over some great Summer Sun Protection Tips from Sara Snow, a natural living expert and mom, to ensure that we weren't forgetting anything. I completely agreed with Sara about being prepared with plenty of liquids and snacks, applying sunscreen early and often, wearing protective gear, seeking shade, and more - they're all very important!

We then put together some fun gift bags for our guests, got everything set up, and were ready for a fun day! We had originally planned to include more water fun in our day but, due to the slightly chilly weather on the day of our party, we altered the plan and ended up having outdoor fun in our yard as well as at the nearby park. It turned out great!

outdoor fun

 We also took some inspiration from the Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion 101 Days of Summer Play Activity Guide. They have full weeks of ideas such as Ready? Set? Go!, Basketball with a flying twist! and Do the hula that are sure to get your creative juices flowing and get everyone in the mood for fun.

summer activity guide
New ideas will be available every week through Labor Day!

Speaking of fun and summer play, we had a wonderful time playing out in the sun and consider our Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion 101 Days of Summer Play party a success!

Frisbee throwing

Between the casual, summer atmosphere, the refreshing glasses of lemonade, and the sound of children's laughter filling the air, it wasn't hard to look around and be thankful for the wonderful day. Even better? Due to the goodies in their gift bag, our guests had no problem lathering themselves up with new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Lotion and staying safe from the sun.

Banana Boat Natural Reflect is available in mass, grocery and drug retailers for a suggested retail price of $11.49 for a 4oz tube. Be sure to visit the Banana Boat Brand Facebook page for more information about the Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion 101 Days of Summer Play campaign. While you're there, download the activity guide and take the pledge to encourage your kids to play outside every day this summer!

As an even bigger bonus to enjoying your time outdoors, Banana Boat Natural Reflect Lotion is asking families to share photos of their favorite summer memories on the brand's Facebook page for a chance to win fun weekly prizes and a grand prize family vacation. Don't miss it!

Thanks to the generosity of Banana Boat, one person will be even more prepared to celebrate the outdoors this summer, because...

One lucky person will win a Banana Boat guest party kit*!


*Kit includes (1) Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion and (1) Banana Boat Sun Care branded Frisbee

(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Banana Boat® Sun Care and received a party kit to facilitate my review, party kits to give to my guests, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

110 comments:

Melissa said...

I try to avoid sun damage by staying out of the sun at mid-day.

suburban prep said...

We wear clothing that will block the sun and we tr to avoid the high time of the sun.

Anonymous said...

Just use sunscreen. julierupert@gmail.com

LissaDora said...

Sun-hats, sun-screen, high-necked shirts, shade...

Anonymous said...

Lots of sunscreen!
Natbelinsky@verizon.net

Crystal said...

High spf sunscreen!

Valerie George said...

sunscreen

Liz said...

Hats and sunscreen!

KJ Skib said...

We use sunblock and make sure we reapply after awhile. We also wear hats to protect our heads!

skibmama23@gmail

wigget said...

we use lots of sunscreen or avoid the sun

Teigh said...

wear hats and sunglasses

Katrina said...

we try not to go out during the hottest part of the day.

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

SueZH said...

Sunhats, sunglasses and sunscreen!

Mrs. Bacon said...

Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and oh yeah, staying inside during the really hot part of the day.
rendancechick at yahoo dot com

B. Wilson said...

lots of sunscreen and protected gear!

mummytotwoboys said...

Protective clothing, sunglasses, staying in the shade and of course lots of lotion :)

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

Cari K. said...

Lots of sunscreen and hats

mframe said...

We try to put sunscreen on.
mframe00@gmail.com

leanne_mac said...

sunscreen, hats and sunglasses

leannemacg at gmail.com

Ann Fantom said...

We wear sunscreen, hats and try to stay in the shade as much as possible.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

s said...

sunglasses and sunscreen

jessica said...

I try to avoid the noon sun

jek9880 at gmail dot com

MELINA said...

we use alot of sunscreen during the summer

Diane Zielinski said...

I walk faster in the sun until I reach a shady spot and also avoid being out in the sun during the day for extended periods of time.

Terra H. said...

We wear sunscreen and sunglasses and try to avoid being in the sun during the hottest time of the day. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Romapr said...

We wear hats, glasses and sunscreens. Thanks!

romapup at gmail dot com

Whitney said...

OH we definitely lather on the sunscreen - my fiance doesn't burn easily, but I still nag about it!

KPort207 said...

sunscreen and sunglasses

kport207 at gmail dot com

Kelly Grant said...

suntan lotion and shade

darce said...

Hats, sunscreen, shade-seeking, indoor play during hottest/brightest part of day, frequent hydration.

lilsnobelle said...

We are rather fair skinned so we are burnt at this moment. I should use sunscreen and hats more often.

mogrill said...

We use sunscreen and reapply every few hours.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

ColleenMarie82 said...

Sunscreen and Sun Hats

inman@mobap.edu

katychick said...

we put on sunscreen, wear hats and stay indoors during 12-4
tcogbill at live dot com

Mandi M said...

sunblock every day, not just in the summer!

mywildcrazylife said...

My children use 110 spf every day rain or shine. I have one that gets sun poisoning if she doesn't apply it every hour even using 100 SPF so it is highly important in our family!

Charice Adams said...

Wear lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. Along with UV blocking swimming suits

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

Wearing hats that block the sun is a great way to avoid sunburned faces.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

We use hats, sunglasses, try to stay in shady areas and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
marypopmom@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

We try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. Also, we limit the time swimming as it reflects the sun more.

Linda W. said...

Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.

LORI WOLFE said...

We always use very high SPF sunscreen and reapply often.
rwolfe1071@aol.com

Mps5732 said...

We use sunscreen and hats when we are in the sun.

Christa said...

Finding and staying in the shade.

Jessica T. said...

We slather on sunscreen whenever we are going to be outside.

taralieb said...

I put waterproof sunscreen on them when they are going to be outside. And even if it is cloudy they still need sunscreen because they can get a sunburn still

GpTpRiNcEsS said...

Trying to stay out of the direct sun especially during the hottest parts of the day and wearing clothing that helps cover up

Melissa said...

we usae hats and visors!

Brittani said...

We use lots and lots of sunscreen!

sohamolina said...

cover in sunscreen and keep in shade as much as I can

Anonymous said...

stay out of the sun ,sunscreen and lots of liquids

Selinda said...

We are try hard to use sunscreen at all times!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Sunscreen (and reapply regularly), hats, clothing when appropriate, sunglasses to protect eyes, stay in the shade when possible, and simply stay indoors in the lovely a/c.
-Mike S.

JR911 said...

use sunscreen and umbrellas

NickatNite said...

I love banana boat!!!

Frugalista Mama said...

We stay in the shade and wear hats.

Jennifer T. said...

Besides wearing sunscreen, we try to seek shade and wear hats.
jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelley F said...

We use LOTS of sunscreen, stay in the shade as much as possible, and stay inside during the hottest time of the day.

Francofamily4@aol.com

Erin Coughlan said...

Sunscreen!

Tamar said...

Sunscreen, baseball caps, and sunglasses

Christine Jessamine said...

i make sure we drink lots of water and wear alot of sunscreen

christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

Kelly C said...

We avoid the worst hours, wear lots of sunscreen,and try to wear hats and shades.

Melody said...

wear sunscreen! and hats.

Jay said...

We use rashguards, sunscreen and avoid sunny days.

llinda29 said...

I avoid the hot part of the day

Lyudmila said...

We wear hats now
lusizova at gmail.com

Elaine said...

I make sure to reapply sunscreen on a regular basis and to sit in the shade if possible

Brandi Elam said...

We avoid the sun at peak times and we reapply sunscreen at regular intervals.

Kira said...

We stay out of the sun but so glad that Banana Boat has natural sunscreen now!

Marisa M said...

We use lots of sunscreen and wear sunglasses and hats when needed.
madmegid(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats.
shawnac68@hotmail.com

Diane52 said...

I had sunscreen 365 days a year and always wear a hat
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

Jan Messali said...

We wear hats and sunglasses, even the baby.

AngelWinner said...

Sunblock, hat, shades

lilyk said...

I try to use sunscreen whenever possible.

brich2222 said...

hats and sunscreen


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katfam95 said...

We were sunscreen every day and my kids usually wear hats.

katfam95 at aim dot com

tavernie said...

Sunscreen,Hat and Sunglasses!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

CAJUNMAN12 said...

sunscreen, hat, and make the drink lots of water

Tim Stephens said...

We put a hat on our daughter and always put sunscreen on when she plays outside...

gohanxavier@yahoo.com

Stacy said...

We live in FL and the sun can be brutal, so we just try to stay inside or stay in the shade. We always wear sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses.

the imagine tree at aol dot com

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

sunscreen and use hats and umbrellas
vmkids3 at msn dot com

Renee owen said...

sun screen and hats

Sonya said...

Lots and lots of sunscreen, UV blocking clothes and umbrellas!

ltlbitone said...

lots of sunscreen and try to stay in when it is the hottest part of the day..

ltlbit1@hotmail dot com

Jemima Puddleduck said...

sunscreen, hats, and generally trying to keep covered

Anonymous said...

Always use sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

hollygunter said...

apply sunscreen often and know when it's time to get out of the sun :)

hollyngunter@gmail.com

mail4rosey said...

I put a very high SPF lotion on the kids and they all swim in swim shirts.

msuroseY@yahoo.com

Jenny Stanek said...

We avoid the sun during the middle of the day!

Orangestr17@hotmail.com

xcmiller93x said...

Apply sunscreen when we go out, especially to the beach.

Jennifer Reed said...

We use tons of sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, summer hats, and sunglasses.
repose4jr at gmail dot com

amy16323 said...

lots of sunscreen
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Erica C. said...

We use a lot of sunscreen, wear hats, and stay out of the sun when we can.
ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

Trisha McKee said...

Sunscreen. It gets difficult because we are in the sun a lot.

tridingermckee@gmail.com

willdebbie said...

wewear sunscreen and hats
christal c
willdebbie97@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

always use sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses

Breanne said...

Apply lots of sunscreen

MomLovesDeals said...

Lots of sunscreen!

Hotsnotty2 said...

We use sunblock and make sure we reapply after awhile

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Lots of sunblock!!!
barbara scaff lobsterpudding@yahoo.com

Melanie Montgomery said...

We keep sunscreen on!



clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

LesleyfromWI said...

We wear lots of sunscreen

julescar74 said...

I find keeping them indoors when its the hottest helps but if they do go outside I have them put on sunscreen lots of it.

SuperNeena said...

My granddaughers are fair skinned so we have to keep alot of sunscreen on them.
marine.mom42@hotmail.com

Terri Menke said...

Slather on the sunscreen!

Atreau said...

We wear a lot of sunblock, hats and sunglasses when we're outdoors.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

Eye Glasses are a must & Sunblock! We also sometimes use hats or umbrellas!
zestywonderland@gmail.com

Gianna said...

Hats and rash guards.

Melissa Shirley said...

Hats and sunscreen
melissalucky43@yahoo.com